School of Life Sciences

Our Research

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From genes through to the ecosystem

Our research covers the whole spectrum of biology – from genes and cells right through to communities and ecosystems.

With two research centres and four groups, we bring together like-minded researchers to share ideas, knowledge, laboratories and equipment in the pursuit of fundamental and applied research that addresses national and international priorities.

Our research groups also manage progression of postgraduate research degree students and career development of early career researchers, run seminar programmes, and are involved in international and national collaborations, contributing to a vibrant research environment.

The School has made significant investments in research infrastructure, providing researchers and students with well-equipped laboratories that house state-of-the-art equipment and facilities.

Research groups

Research Centres

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View our latest research

Discover cutting edge research from the University of Essex. Browse our site to find relevant publications, projects, groups, centres, PGR opportunities including research supervision and areas of interest. Simply search our site to find information relating to your subject.

Explore our research

Highlights of our research

Research showcase

Our research can help change lives, from early cancer diagnosis and better treatment, through to protecting marine environments and improving food security.


Our academics have been featured in press in the UK and around the world, and have contributed articles to The Conversation including:

Selected papers

Ecology and Environmental Microbiology

Genomics and Computational Biology

Plant Productivity

Protein Structure and Mechanisms of Disease

Get in touch
Departmental Director of Research Professor Alex Dumbrell
Liz Lee Reynolds Research Manager